Keith Olbermann on proposition 8

I urge everybody who supported California Proposition 8 to watch this comment by Keith Olbermann of MSNBC.  It says all that needs to be said, in Keith’s fine baritone.

Keith Olberman’s special comment on Proposition 8

Transcript

What a change in forty years: homosexuality

Time Magazine, February 12, 1965 carried an article “Homosexuals Can Be Cured” in which a Doctor Samuel B. Hadden argued that the influence of Freud and the number of homosexuals who believed themselves to be happy that way meant that few cures were attempted.  He worked mainly with men because he had never had enough lesbian “patients”.  At that time the opinion of the psychiatric and psychological establishments was still that homosexual orientation was pathological.

Time Magazine, October 31, 1969 carried another article, “Are Homosexuals Sick?”  The magazine asked eight experts, two of whom were described as “admitted homosexuals”, to a symposium in New York City where they discussed the question.

This debate was very different in tone.  I am struck by the attitude of Rev. Robert Weeks, who spoke of two men of his acquaintance who had been together for many years: ” Both of them are very happy and very much in love. They asked me to bless their marriage, and I am going to do it.”

Which brings us right up to date, really!

Another reason to use Google

FT reports that Google publicly opposes California Proposition 8.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/our-position-on-californias-no-on-8.html

I can’t wait to see the fundies all calling for a boycott and switching their gmail accounts.

CA Proposition 8, already struggling, now looks dead in the water after rewording

Associated Press reported on Thursday, 18 September, 2008 that support for Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to make gay marriage constitutionally invalid, is down to 38%.  Before State Attorney General reworded the proposal to clarify that gay marriage, now legal in the state, will be rescinded, opposition had been recorded at 38%.  The title of the reworded ballot initiative is now  “Eliminates Right of Same-sex Couples to Marry.”  55% of likely voters now say they will oppose the ban.  A simple majority is required to pass an amendment to the California constitution.

Meanwhile the New York Times reported yesterday that Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to help the campaign against Proposition 8, saying “Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8.”  Bruce Bastian, the Utah-based co-founder of Word Perfect Corp, has also donated $1 million to the campaign.  Bastian was also a principal donor in the campaign against a similar proposition which passed in Utah in 2004.